The U.S. standard railroad gauge (width between the two rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches which seems like a very odd number. Why was that specific gauge used? Because that is how England built its railroad system – and U.S. railroad equipment was imported from England. But why did the English build them use that measurement? Because the first rail... Read more
The evening begins with a nostalgic ride aboard our vintage steam train to Deep River Landing where you’ll join an exclusive group of cigar enthusiasts aboard the Becky Thatcher riverboat. Here we’ll take a Sunset Cigars & Whiskey Cruise along the Connecticut River, sampling each one of our three signature premium whiskeys (Knob... Read more
Thomas the Tank Engine, the fictional steam locomotive in The Railway Series books, was created by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry in 1943 to amuse his son, Christopher, during a bout of measles. As Awdry was accompanying the stories with hand-built wooden models of the locomotives, he found that one of the characters, Gordon, was too di... Read more
Train travel was once the elegant way to get from place to place across the U.S., boasting opulent interiors, plush seats, porters for your every need and gleaming dining cars. The dining car was a place for passengers to relax and enjoy a delicious meal among good company.
Before the 1870s, passengers were generally expected to bring their own... Read more